Law professor named to 2012 Irish Legal 100

Irish Ambassador Michael Collins, Kevin Barry, associate professor of law, and Niall O'Dowd, founder of the Irish Voice newspaper.
Irish Ambassador Michael Collins, Kevin Barry, associate professor of law, and Niall O'Dowd, founder of the Irish Voice newspaper. Photo courtesy of Leslie Kossoff
Nov. 9, 2012 - Kevin Barry, associate professor of law, was named to the Irish Voice Newspaper's 2012 Irish Legal 100, a listing of lawyers, judges, educators and politicians from all around the country who share a passion for the law and pride in their heritage.

"It was a nice honor for me personally, but it was even nicer to be able to represent Quinnipiac, which opened its Great Hunger museum this fall," said Barry. "Like so many Irish-Americans, my ancestors emigrated to the U.S. around the time of Ireland's Great Hunger."

Barry accepted the award at a ceremony held Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C.

Barry teaches in the Civil Justice Clinic at the School of Law Center and also teaches disability rights law. His other teaching and research interests include employment discrimination, the death penalty and clinical pedagogy.

Barry is a member of Quinnipiac's Diversity Committee, and was chair of the Honor Code Committee from October of 2008 until May of 2012.

Barry holds a LLM degree in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a clinical teaching fellow in the Federal Legislation Clinic. While at Georgetown, Barry was among the team of disability lawyers that met with lawyers from the business community to negotiate draft legislative language amending the Americans with Disabilities Act.  On June 25, 2008, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 402-17.

Barry received a JD from Boston College Law School in 2000, summa cum laude, and a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Boston College in 1997, summa cum laude.

Learn more about Ireland's Great Hunger Museum.